Policies on Research with Animals

Every institution in the United States that conducts research on vertebrate animals is required to have an institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The goal of the IACUC is “to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, while maintaining flexibility to best meet the unique needs of the institution and individual researchers” (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Guidebook, 2002). The UTPA IACUC consists of faculty members (both scientists and non-scientists), a veterinarian, and a community member that is not affiliated with the University. The IACUC reviews all proposals for animal research and approval must be obtained before the proposed research begins.

If you are planning to conduct research using animals, either on campus and/or somewhere else, e.g., at the Gladys Porter Zoo, you will need to download the form entitled, "Proposal to Use Laboratory Animals in Research or Teaching". The form can be found by clicking on the following link

Once the form is completed, email it to the IACUC Chair, Dr. Frederic Zaidan III. Dr. Zaidan will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the approval process.